D14 Head Custodian David Payne Shares Astronomy Hobby with MSES 1st-Graders

D14 Head Custodian David Payne Shares Astronomy Hobby with MSES 1st-Graders
Posted on 01/21/2018
In what has become an annual tradition, former MSES night custodian and now D14 Custodial Manager David Payne shared his avocation--and his telescope--with MSES First-graders last week. First Grade’s current CKLA domain is the Solar System, and Mr. Payne, an avid amateur astronomer, has regularly hosted astronomy nights for first-graders--and students of all ages--at the MSHS track. Last week’s classroom lesson was an introduction to the parts and workings of a high-level telescope, so our students are able to “train their parents” when astronomy night comes up Monday evening!
“What better way to see the moon and constellations up close than with the help of our own David Payne...in the dark...at the Track Field!” says MSES First-Grade Teacher Melissa Loftin. Added First-grade Teacher Sarah Mortensen: “He builds on the knowledge of astronomy the students have gained with new facts, amazing pictures, and a deeper level of knowledge relating to the space concepts they have already been taught. It deepens their curiosity, builds their excitement and enthusiasm for this content, and inspires them to expand and connect their learning at their upcoming observation night--as well as their own stargazing adventures!”
Our UP! Initiative is literally looking up in First Grade!
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